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    Opportunity: Senior BIOINFORMATICIAN -- Pathogen Informatics (#81266) @ Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute--Hinxton/Cambridge, UK
    Submitted by Sam Bowker; posted on Friday, August 03, 2012


    The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is a world leader in genomic research, with an expanding scientific programme dedicated to understanding gene function in health & disease.

    The Wellcome Trust Sanger institute is a world leader in delivering large scale DNA sequencing projects using the latest sequencing technologies. The Pathogen Informatics team at the institute is responsible for the delivery of many of the largest prokaryote and eukaryote sequencing projects in the world. One such project is the global tracking of the spread of MRSA over four decades (Evolution of MRSA During Hospital Transmission) and another is the 50 helminth genomes sequencing project (50 Helminths Genome Project). As part of the pathogen Informatics group, we are seeking to hire a skilled informatician to develop systems to manage and query the vast amounts of sequencing variation data produced within the institute.


    This role would suit somebody with highly developed programming skills and is looking for a new challenge. The successful candidate will work closely with the lead developers and analysts in the team so previous experience with sequencing data is not strictly necessary. This position would be a very good opportunity for someone to gain significant experience working with next-generation sequencing data.


    • Significant programming experience in one or more modern programming languages (e.g. Perl, Python, C++ etc.)
    • Experience of object oriented development
    • Knowledge and experience of UNIX / LINUX on an advanced level
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Ability to quickly adapt to new problems and ideas
    • Excellent problem-solving skills
    • A high level of communication skills to be able to elicit complex requirements from, and convey complex information to, groups with different levels of technical knowledge


    • Some knowledge or experience in bioinformatics
    • Experience with managing large volumes of data
    • Experience with running software on a compute farm or cluster
    • Experience with processing next-generation sequencing data
    • Knowledge of relational database systems and manipulation via SQL


    The Institute has excellent purpose built facilities on the Genome Campus, Hinxton on the outskirts of Cambridge. We offer a comprehensive range of benefits including a final salary pension scheme and excellent on-site facilities. Further details can be found on our website


    To submit your CV and apply for this job please go to to register and apply on line.

    For further information about this post please contact Jacqui McQuillan (jm15[at]

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